Plea for restrictions on hospital visiting

Glangwili Hospital, Carmarthen, is currently affected by an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.
Hospital visitors are being asked to help protect loved ones and other patients by not visiting if they themselves have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, or if they have been contact with someone who has in the last 72 hours. It is also not advisable, for those with an existing medical condition that puts them at risk of infection to visit the hospital at this time.
Family members can receive updates about loved ones in hospital from nursing staff over the telephone and fresh toiletries and personal items can be brought into front hall for delivery if necessary.
In addition, the following restrictions are in place close family and friends
  • maximum 2 visitors per bed 
  • no children under 16 years old 
Unscheduled Care General Manager, and hospital manager for Glangwili, Sarah Perry said: “We have taken a number of measures to protect patients and reduce the spread of infection. This includes the closure of Dewi Ward and the Coronary Care Unit to new admissions, isolating other affected patients; and limiting visiting as we know diarrhoea and vomiting is circulating in the community as well.
“We would like to ask visitors including family members and children, to help us and their loved ones by not to coming to Glangwili Hospital if they have been unwell themselves, or in contact with anyone who has been unwell. If anyone is unsure, they can telephone the Ward Sister or charge nurse for advice.”
Advice for people with diarrhoea and vomiting:
  • If you have diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms most people will make a full recovery within a couple of days. However, it can be more serious for sick and vulnerable patients so please wait at least 48 hours after becoming symptom-free before visiting any hospital or care facility or returning to work or school. 
  • There is no specific treatment and apart from the risk of dehydration, the illness is not generally dangerous and there are usually no long-lasting effects. 
  • Try to replace lost fluids and eat foods that are easy to digest, such as soup, rice, pasta and bread. Babies should continue with their normal feeds. 
  • It is important to have plenty to drink and, if you feel the need, paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains. 
  • To reduce the risk of passing it onto others, wash your hands regularly and stay at home until you are clear of symptoms for 48 hours and follow these five steps if you have symptoms: 
1. Careful hand washing is the most important preventative measure that you can take. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water and dry afterwards. Do not share towels.
2. Use gloves when handling soiled articles from ill people. Wash soiled clothing and bed linen on ‘hot cycle’.
3. If looking after someone with sickness and diarrhoea, carefully disinfect toilet seats, flush handles, wash-hand basin taps and toilet door handles daily and after use. Use a bleach-based household cleaner, diluted according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Maintain good personal hygiene and hygienic preparation and serving of food.
5. If you have sickness and diarrhoea, don’t return to school or work until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours. Don't visit patients in local hospitals and long-term care facilities. While many people tend to feel better sooner, illness can still be spread if they return to work or school within 48 hours since the last symptom.

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